How would you like to order dinner and a martini next time you're out at the movies?
In an attempt to win back theater-goers who have abandoned outings to the movie theater in favor of watching newly released films on their giant flat screen TVs at home, AMC Theatres is trying out a new concept that gives patrons a luxury dinner-and-a-movie experience.
The movie theater chain has started construction on the first of the new-concept theaters in Marina Del Rey, Calif. which is slated to open in November.
Here's more from AMC:
AMC Marina 6 will offer six Cinema Suites auditoriums, which combine restaurant cuisine and cocktails, the ultimate comfort of luxury recliners, and AMC’s noted immersive theatre experience.
Guests will enjoy restaurant-style dining combined with the most current movies, presented in the immersive, big-screen viewing environment of an AMC theatre. Moviegoers will have the opportunity to order from an extensive menu of appetizers, sandwiches, entrees, desserts, beer, wine and cocktails, as well as traditional theatre concessions. The renovated auditoriums will also feature spacious, comfortable seating and service at the push of a button.
The AMC Dine-In Theatres Cinema Suites concept will be available in all six auditoriums:
Premium, upscale dining
Reserved seating in power recliners
7.5 feet of row spacing
A personal call button that discreetly alerts a server
A wide variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic specialty drinks, beer and wine
Check out the real estate listings for Erie and Niagara Counties for the week ending Dec. 30. The highest price paid in Erie County was $1.27 million, while the average price was $151,137. In Niagara County, the highest price tag was $351,250 with an average sales price of $90,520.
This week's Strategy for Success looks at Nadja Foods, the empire built by Nadja Piatka and the low-calorie, low-fat snacks she sells at restaurant and grocery chains. Piatka traces the steps she took to build her Buffalo-based business even when times were tough and creditors were beating down her door. Today, her recipes are mass produced and sold at such powerhouse corporations as McDonald’s, Subway, Wegmans and Price Chopper supermarkets.
Under the agreement, the Route 5 plant would keep stamping parts for the Ford Flex and Edge and the Lincoln MKT and MKX as well as a new "blanking" line (which cuts sheet metal) along with other work. Votes are expected next week.
In August, 925 homes were sold, compared to 639 during the same month in 2010. This year's August numbers were a 9 percent increase over July 2010. The average home price was $138,648. The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 4.32 percent.
So it turns out that, maybe, Thursday's sickening drop in the stock market might be due to a goof by a trader who pushed the wrong key.
- Stock futures rise a day after market turbulence - Stephen Bernard/AP/Buffalo News A computerized sell-off, which might have been triggered by a simple typographical error, sent the Dow Jones industrial average down by a record nearly 1,000 points in about 30 minutes Thursday afternoon. The market started to steady itself and regained two-thirds of that loss before the end of trading.
- Surge of Computer Selling After Apparent Glitch Sends Stocks Plunging - New York Times The glitch that sent markets tumbling Thursday was years in the making, driven by the rise of computers that transformed stock trading more in the last 20 years than in the previous 200. ... “We have a market that responds in milliseconds, but the humans monitoring respond in minutes, and unfortunately billions of dollars of damage can occur in the meantime,” said James Angel, a professor of finance at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. - How a B sent markets into freefall - Canadian Press/Hamilton Spectator A trading glitch, dubbed a fat-finger trade, was suspected of sparking the sell-off. CNBC and other financial news outlets reported that a Citigroup trader may have erroneously substituted "billion" for "million" in a large sale. And computer-generated trading may have made matters worse. - How a Typo Crashed the Market - Randall Lane/The Daily Beast That’s what happens when machines control your world, and when your fate rests on whether some trader, under second-to-second pressure, clumsily types the wrong thing into those machines. - Stock plunge raises alarm on algo trading - Reuters High-speed trading, which uses sophisticated computer algorithms based on specific scenarios to automate transactions at speeds in the millionths of a second, now accounts for about 60 percent of U.S. equity volume. "The potential for giant high-speed computers to generate false trades and create market chaos reared its head again today," Senator Edward Kaufman said in a statement. "The battle of the algorithms -- not understood by nor even remotely transparent to the Securities and Exchange Commission -- simply must be carefully reviewed and placed within a meaningful regulatory framework soon." - What Caused the Plunge? - Mark Gimein/The Big Money Here is one truth about reporting on the stock market that has held since time immemorial: Journalists offer rational explanations, and sometimes the markets make a mockery of those explanations. In minutes. Never has that been as true as today. Under ever more pressure to explain the markets in real time, the business press showed itself to be just as flummoxed as anyone.
- 'Extreme Makeover' leaves big imprint on area economy - George Pyle/The Buffalo News The crew of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" packed up and left Buffalo weeks ago. In its wake, it left one rebuilt-from-the-ground-up home for a hard-pressed family, home and landscaping improvements for a disadvantaged neighborhood, a publicity boost to the community and, according to the person whose job it is to calculate such things, upwards of $1.5 million in economic impact to the community. "Actually it was probably something well north of that," said Tim Clark, head of the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission. "These guys tend to spend a ton of money in a short amount of time." And, because "reality shows" don't qualify for state incentives for filmmakers, which can include sales tax exemptions, the economic benefits came with little public outlay beyond traffic control.
That last paragraph sounds good, especially if you've read anything about this: - Filmmakers charged in tax scandal - Lee Rood/The Des Moines Register The Iowa attorney general's office on Monday charged the former manager of the Iowa Film Office with misconduct in office and filed first-degree theft charges against principals in the making of a 2008 film in Council Bluffs.
Meanwhile, back at the Statler: - Nonprofit agency wants to buy mothballed Statler - Tom Buckham/The Buffalo News Three months ago, Western New York AmeriCorps workers pitched in to help finish the reconstruction of Delores Powell's dilapidated Massachusetts Avenue home for "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." [The organization created its own impact report.] Now the volunteer service organization wants to put some financial muscle behind another Buffalo structure in dire need: Statler Towers.
Conference organizer Ted Schmidt, an associate professor of economics at Buffalo State, said the “post Keynesian” in the title is a reference to a growing school of economic thought that holds that the work of John Maynard Keynes, widely regarded as the greatest economic thinker of the 20th century, has been mangled into mainstream theories that understate the need for government action to prevent market economies from careening over the cliff. Most so-called Keynesian theorists, Schmidt said, cling to the idea that markets are mostly self-regulating and that only rarely — as in the recent fiscal bailouts of banks and other large financial institutions — must governments step in with “pump-priming” infusions of capital. “Macroeconomics sort of took off from that and never looked back,” Schmidt said. Post Keynesian thought, on the other hand, holds that global financial markets are inherently unstable and require more active government management to prevent another collapse of the size of the Great Depression of the 1930s. It’s great guru is Hyman Minsky [right], an economist whose works fell out of favor in the decade since his death but have gained a new currency as economies across the globe have teetered on the brink of failure. The arts portions, which are free and open to the public, include a showing of Tim Robbins' film Cradle Will Rock, Thursday at 7 p.m., and a of production Depression-era songs, stories and images, "...Whose Names Are Unknown" at 8 p.m. Sunday Saturday.
If you are reading this blog on pirated software, beware. [OK. Webbrowsers are free. You get the idea.] In today's Buffalo News Business Today section, we report on a Tonawanda-based company that has agreed to pay a $62,000 settlement with the Business Software Alliance [press release] after the BSA determined that some of the computers at Mueller Services were running unlicensed software. They take this stuff seriously. To rat out your boss, or ex-boss, you can go here. If you are the boss, and want to check your own machines for stolen software, you can go here.
But the big biz news of the day had to be the Disney empire plunking down $4 billion -- that's billion -- for Marvel Entertainment. That makes Spider-Man and Mickey Mouse roomies. [Disney press release. Conference call.] The surprise cash-and-stock deal sent Spidey senses tingling in the comic book world. It could lead to new rides, movies, action figures and other outlets for Marvel's 5,000 characters, although Marvel already was aggressively licensing its properties for such uses. Los Angeles Times Big Picture blogger Patrick Goldstein says the deal, together with its purchase of Pixar, is Disney's admission that it cannot create anything any more, and has decided to buy stuff instead. The studio is now a giant collection of familiar, easily accessible brands -- Marvel, Pixar, Spielberg and Bruckheimer -- all under one large, even more familiar umbrella brand: Disney. It is a media conglomerate that will probably someday look a lot more like Procter & Gamble than a movie studio. Other takes from The Wall Street Journal [This fixes Disney's "boy problem."], The Orlando Sentinel [Wants to see an exploding pumpkin take out It's A Small World.] The New York Times, The New York Daily NewsVariety and The Hollywood Reporter.